The day after our relatively short walk round the Embalse de Guadalest we did a much longer walk, which is #11 in Charles Davis’ Walk! the Costa Blanca Mountains guide. It’s a great trek of about 12.6 kms, but it didn’t start well for us.
What Davis might say instead of “Forking right after 240 metres then turning left as indicated by cairns…” is “If you can’t find the cairns, whatever you do don’t backtrack and take the road up to the Torre de Dalt farmhouse with the intention of cutting through the undergrowth up to the track, because if you do you will have to force your way through an almost impenetrable thicket of prickly bushes, very prickly bushes and extremely prickly bushes, and when you eventually emerge onto the correct track you will be covered in blood, sweat and prickly things which will take two weeks to heal.”
Yes, within 250 metres of leaving the car at the start of the walk we got lost. I hadn’t realised just how dense and, well, prickly the Spanish bush is. There are at least four types of plants with spikes up the back of the Torre de Dalt farmhouse.
Once we found the correct track, however, this turned into a fantastic walk.
The track passes the Guhyaloka Buddhist community retreat centre, and down the track are some amazing outcrops.
After the Passet del Golero, you find yourself in a new valley with a few houses, and two miles further on there’s another col and then you’re into yet another valley, the Barranc del Arc.
Once you’re through the Pas del Comptador, there are various routes back to the starting point, and plenty of excellent views of the Vall de Guadalest.
We didn’t see anyone else until a mile from the end of the walk.